Erazem Lorbek and Slovenia opened their 2011 EuroBasket campaign with a nice win over Bulgaria.
Lorbek, whose draft right rights was traded to the San Antonio Spurs by the Indiana Pacers as a part of the George Hill trade, showed everyone why he deserved to play in the NBA.
But it did not come easy.
Slovenia finished the first quarter up 17-13 and took a 29-25 lead at halftime in a very low scoring ball game.
The pace picked up a little bit in the third period as the Slovenian’s extended their lead over Bulgaria, 47-40 entering the final quarter.
Bulgaria never threatened in fourth period as Slovenia held on to win 67-59.
Spurs’ Lorbek led the Slovenian nationals with 18 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal and did not commit a single turnover in 29 minutes of action.
Goran Dragic added 13 points for Slovenia in the win.
Earl Rowland had a game-high 20 points for Bulgaria while Filip Videnov had 14 points in losing effort.
Lorbek and Slovenia will face Ukraine at 21:00 (GMT +3) in Klaipeda, Lithuania on their next game.